Eddie Hearn Hits Back At Teofimo Lopez’s DAZN Criticism
In the latest boxing news, Eddie Hearn has hit back at Teofimo Lopez’s comments that DAZN would go out of the boxing business within five years.
Lopez has not been the biggest fan of DAZN ever since he fought on the platform and lost to George Kambosos Jr. In the aftermath of the fight, Lopez hit out at the decision, claiming he had done enough to win despite the scorecards stating that he lost via a split decision.
Lopez On Hearn
And that negative of perception of DAZN has continued to this day with Lopez’s recent comments about DAZN being out of business.
“Like I said.. no more than 5 years! It’s going to happen whether you sterling silver spoon feed shmuck likes it or not,” Lopez
That did not sit very well with Hearn, who had a few choice words to say about it all. In response, Hearn questioned Lopez’s start power after the fighter claimed that he was looking to fight for nine figures.
Hearn On Lopez
“We know your gate. You crept over the line to sell out the [Hula] theater [at Madison Square Garden in New York] against Kambosos [on November 27, 2021] with 4,000. It was my show.. If you want to say, ‘That’s because you promoted it, and it was on DAZN.’
“When you boxed Josh Taylor at the same arena [on June 10, 2023], you couldn’t sell it out. So, we know how many tickets you’re going to sell. If you look at the revenue in the park, we can make you an offer. On what planet do you live on if you think that offer should be three or four or five times bigger than what it is? From where do you think this money comes from? That’s the frustrating thing about these conversations,” Hearn
Nevertheless, Lopez did predict the demise of Showtime years before it happened. The network confirmed that they would no longer broadcast boxing starting in 2024, which has left the whole stable of PBC fighters with concerns moving forward.
While DAZN does not look like it will follow Showtime as of now, the network has failed to deliver the success that it was expected to do.
But with PBC looking for a new network, there is always a chance that they could align themselves with DAZN. And if that were the case, then DAZN’s standing would naturally increase.
Despite being rivals over the years, Hearn welcomed the chance if they could work together. His following comments confirmed as much.
“For me, I’m always championing the fact that DAZN is the global home of boxing. If they can bring PBC to the platform as well, I’d be over the moon, I’ll be flying, and I think it would be a good acquisition,” Hearn
Whether or not DAZN survives the course is anyone’s guess. But moving forward, seeing another network leave the sport is not going to do it any favors.
It ultimately results in less exposure for fighters, which will harm their careers and the sport. Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingblitz.